Thursday, April 14, 2011

Trio of Falcons make noise in Mt SAC multi events; Roberts sets WSU frosh record in steeple...

AZUSA, California--Seattle Pacific University alum Chris Randolph (left/file photo courtesy Thorpe Cup) finished strongly to take third in the decathlon at the Mt SAC Relays with a final score of 7664 points.

Randolph, who now resides in San Luis Obispo, California, opened day 2 with a clocking of 14.88 in the 110 hurdles.  He followed up with a mark of 146-5 in the discus (44.63m), vaulted 15-9 (4.80m), threw the javelin 183-9 (56.02m), and ran the 1500 in 4:49.34.

Washington's Jeremy Taiwo, who began the day in tenth place, made a charge to grab seventh place with a final two-day total of 7335 points.

Florida's Grey Horn was the overall winner, with a final score of 7791 points.

In the Mt SAC heptathlon, Seattle Pacific's Crystal Sims finished twelfth with a final score of 4933 points, as Vancouver's Canadian Olympian Ruky Abdulai took the victory with a final score of 6105 points, which is the leading score in the world so far this season.

In the California International section of the heptathlon, Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen finished sixth overall with a final score of 4922 points,

With their scores, Sims and Worthen catapulted themselves into second and third on the current NCAA Division II performance list in the event.

“It's just a peek at what these two are capable of,” SPU head coach Karl Lerum said of the two-day efforts by Worthen and Sims. “They went out and had fairly solid marks across the board. They had some nice ones, but they also had a couple that I thought they could do better on.

Washington's Sarah Schireman was 24th at 4370 points, while teammate Shelby Williams was 25th at 4312 points.

Back in Walnut, the main portion of the Mt. SAC Relays got underway Thursday at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on the campus of Mount San Antonio College with distance races taking center stage.

Washington State freshman Ruby Roberts, from Kingston, Wash., ran a time of 10-minutes, 40.24 seconds, which was third-place in the Women's Open A section of the 3000m steeplechase. Roberts' time is the WSU freshman school record, replacing Meghan Leonard's 2005 time of 10:44.91, run in Seattle. Roberts' time, run in just her third steeplechase, is also the sixth-fastest all-time in Cougar women's records.

Andrew Gonzales, a redshirt-freshman from Kennewick, Wash., ran a lifetime-best time of 8:59.46, for 13th place in the Men's Olympic Development Elite 3000m steeplechase. The Cougar lowered his PR by 22 seconds Thursday night.

In the Open/B section of the steeplechase, Western Washington's Eric Brill was 14th in the first heat, while Washington's Greg Drosky was ninth in the second heat at 9:14.15. Washington's Aaron Beattle was 11th in 9:16.48, while teammate Mike Miller was 15th in 9:29.28.

In the invitational elite women's steeple, Club Northwest's Lois Ricardi Keller was seventh in 10:12.85. In the Olympic Development steeple, Washington's Mackenzie Carter didn't finish.

Results from the Mt. SAC Relays main meet are available here, while multi-event results are available here.

NOTE: The sports information office of Washington State and Seattle Pacific contributed to this report.

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